TBT: When Robert Gant acted with Ellen DeGeneres before each had come out publicly
Love this Throwback Thursday post by Robert Gant who writes on Facebook:
Next Wednesday is National Coming Out Day. In 1994, I filmed my first line of dialogue on network television with the incomparable Ellen DeGeneres. We were both closeted at the time. Neither of us knew what lay ahead with respect to our journeys out into the light. I remember being so excited and nervous when they asked me to stay to start work that day. It was the first episode in the re-titled series that had gone from “These Friends of Mine” to “Ellen.” It was also three years before her coming out on the cover of Time magazine in 1997 and eight years before I followed her example in 2002, coming out on the cover of The Advocate.
(Thank you to the amazing Simon Halls for shepherding that journey for each of us.)
Because there are so many out folk in the world, there is sometimes a presumption that there aren’t still a vast number of people fearful of acknowledging who they really are in this area of their lives. Indeed, we are a world in which, in ten countries, the punishment for being gay is death. And so there are many fearful of, yet seeking to find their way to, living openly and honestly. May all of us find this freedom, either for the first time or more deeply than we have before. And may we continue to create a world that fosters it.